Fraxi Queen of the Forest – Junior Review

Aug 11 2015 | By More

★★★★☆   Entertaining

Junior Review by Cora Dibdin

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh – Fletcher Building (Venue 84): Fri 7 – Sun 23 Aug 2015

Fraxi is an ash tree and she is queen of the forest because she is very tall. Fraxi is played by a woman dressed up and she uses her arms and hands as branches. She talks and moves around.

The story is about change and how HB Caterpillar turns into a butterfly and Fraxi grows and so do the people. Time passes and seasons change.

A scene from Fraxi, Queen of the Forest. Photo Asylon Theatre

Baby Woody meets Fraxi, Queen of the Forest. Photo Asylon Theatre

One of the people is Woody. Fraxi is his guardian, and he comes to visit her every day. At the beginning he is young but later he has to go to college. When he goes away she makes friends with HB Caterpillar Esquire.

I liked how they made the seasons change. Each season the one who played Woody came on with a different cape for the seasons. In summer it was covered in a burst of colour. He does things to Fraxi to make her look different.

HB Caterpillar Esquire keeps coming on stage when he is not supposed to which is funny. There is a disease called Chalara and it infects ash trees. It infects Fraxi and she turns grey and Woody and HB Caterpillar argue about what to do.

The story was very good and it kept me interested all the way through. The music was very relaxing, so I got tired. I liked HB Caterpillar the best because he was funny and the actress who played him was very good at that part of the show.

Running time 1 hour
Age suitability: 7 and older
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh – Fletcher Building (Venue 84) Entrances on Inverleith Row and Arboretum Place, EH3 5LP
Friday 7 – Sunday 23 August 2015 (not Mondays)
Daily (not Mondays), 11am
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